The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne concluded recently and rewarded many films and Bollywood celebs. While Dangal and Baahubali 2 emerged as big winners, the festival also honoured Rahul Bose’s Poorna and gave best actor award to Sushant Singh Rajput for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Amitabh Bachchan’s Pink was given the Best Film award while Lipstick Under My Burkha got an award for Best Indie Film.
While most of the films and names on the winner’s list look familiar, it is amazing to see the festival honour Rahul Bose. His directorial Poorna, which was based on a true story, was an inspirational film about a 13-year-old girl from Telengana climb Mt. Everest.
Here is the complete winner’s list:
Best Indie Film: Lipstick Under My Burkha
Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari for Dangal
Equality in Cinema Award: Director/Actor Rahul Bose for Poorna
Best Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma for Lipstick Under my Burkha
Best Actor: Sushant Singh Rajput for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Best Actor (Special Mention): Raj Kumar Rao for Trapped
Best Film: Pink
People’s Choice Award: Dangal & Baahubali 2
Karan Johar was awarded the Leadership in Cinema Award at this prestigious festival and he presented the IFFM Diversity Award to Garth Davis, director of the Academy nominated film LION.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was awarded the Westpac IFFM Excellence in Global Cinema award, presented by The Victorian Premier.
After winning the award for Best Actor, Sushant said, “A Big thanks to Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for acknowledging me as the Best Actor for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. I am deeply honored. Last time I was in Melbourne I was dancing behind Bollywood stars as a background dancer in the Commonwealth Games and now being recognized as the best actor really feels great.”
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